Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Art of Being Quiet

In quietness and rest is your strength.
Isaiah 30:15
I have been living in this verse
for some time now,
with increasing degrees of intentionality.
I've been on a quest for living in rest
and finding how difficult simplicity can be.
The part about quietness has 
gotten my attention today.
I think the two somehow go together.

We are constantly bombarded with noise.
Some of this comes from our own thoughts.
Some of it comes from our own mouths,
and some of it comes from living in the world.
It is hard to rest in an atmosphere of noise.

A recent article in the New York Times
points out that auditory stimuli uses mental energy,
creates stress, and induces brain fatigue.
“With brain fatigue, you are easily distracted,
forgetful and mentally flighty.”

"Easily distracted" still describes me
way more than I would like to admit.
I am asking for a single ear,
an ear that is attuned to God's voice.
I had no idea how challenging 
this was going to be.
I want to learn to be quiet.
Not in a selfish inward way,
but in a way that invites His voice
to take the central place.
When I communicate, I want it 
to be a deep calling to deep--
not a little bit of deep, 
a little bit of chaos and 
a little bit of distortion.
Whether it is a kind word to 
someone in need of kindness
(which is just about everyone we meet),
or a word of encouragement to
one needing courage,
I want it to be a word of grace, 
a word of edification.
"Let us therefore follow after the things
which edify each other."

I have to learn the art of being quiet.

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